I've always enjoyed music and have had lessons in several instruments but found out early on that I love the euphonium the most. I played with several bands in East Anglia and still have a great relationship with them, having returned as a guest soloist for one of them.
In 2005 I successfully auditioned at Chetham's School of Music, and was there for four years, where I also learnt the trombone to a high level after achieving Grade 8 piano.
I was a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, under the orchestral conductor Bramwell Tovey, which was an amazing experience.
I'm currently studying for my degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where I'm having lots of fun! It's a four-year course and I hope to do a Masters in Music Therapy at the end of it, working with vulnerable adults and children to help their communication and wellbeing.
Twice a week I play with the Marsden Silver Prize band in Yorkshire under Glyn Williams (solo euphonium with the Fodens Band) and we have regular concerts and competitions throughout the north of the country. Several of us go from College and the social side is a really good laugh.
In June I travel to Linzt, Austria, to represent the United Kingdom in the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference where 32 semi-finalists compete against each other.
I also like being active and do lots of running, having competed for my county several times. I've done the Manchester 10k twice and was lucky enough to see Haile Gebrselassie, my favourite athlete.